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South East Water plans for Arlington reservoir go on display

South East Water’s proposals to either build a second reservoir at Arlington near Eastbourne or a water recycling scheme between Peacehaven and Arlington are to go on display at a public exhibition on 12 January.

The reservoir and recycling scheme are just two of the proposals within the £4.3 billion draft Water Resources Management Plan which is currently open for scrutiny by the company’s customers.

This plan outlines the major investment needed to secure drinking water supplies during the next 50 years against a rising population and new laws to protect the environment.

Proposals also include reducing leaks and water use in the home, laying new pipelines to transfer water around the south east alongside additional new schemes to increase available supplies.

The public exhibition is being held on 12 January between 13:00 to 19.30 at Berwick Village Hall, Station Road, Polegate, East Sussex, BN26 6TD.

Lee Dance, Head of Water Resources at South East Water, said: “We need our customers’ views to help us create a better plan, ensuring it’s robust enough to keep taps flowing to 2075 and beyond.

“We are keen to get opinions on whether we should build a second reservoir at Arlington or a water recycling plant as well as comments on the wider plan itself covering our supply area.

“Full details of both options, as well the wider plans for the next 50 years, can be found on our website, or by popping along to our exhibition where you’ll have the opportunity to speak to the team behind the plans directly.

“The wider water resource management plan is very much long term and takes into account the recent extreme weather we have experienced and the subsequent changing pattern we have seen in demand for water.

“It is also ambitious and wide-ranging and has been guided by extensive research, detailed data, customer involvement, and engagement with stakeholders and other interested parties.”

The consultation closes on 20 February.

To view the draft plan in full and submit your feedback visit

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